Erison Hurtault ran a season’s best 46.05 and failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympic game. Hurtault up against a very competitive field said he felt good and was in fine physical condition. He lamented that sitting out for almost 10 weeks this summer due to injury might have contributed to his loss.
Hurtault teary and at some point unable to speak said that he could have done better with a few more meets under his belt. “I run with these guys all the time,” he said. “I can challenge them but not without the correct preparation”. He figured that his finish could have been stronger as he had stayed with the top of the field all the way to the home stretch.
After losing the race Hurtault was the last of the field, his focused stare at the big screen revealing a haunting reality. The games were over for him and his country (in 4oom ). His emotions were clear to everyone in the stand including the many journalists who surrounded him later. The man from Dominica was feeling really bad he had failed his country.
In spite of his loss, Erison remained committed to his effort to bring something special to Dominica. He spoke with the kindest gratitude of the support he has received from Dominica.
His final comments were, “I want to thank the people of Dominica for their support. I want to promise them that I will be back to deliver a medal to them.”
Hurtault receives monthly support from the Dominica Olympic Association, which enables him to remain focused on competing. The committee hopes that with the help of the DAAA and everyone in Dominica many more athletes would be positioned to receive this level of support.
From the finish line at the London 2012 Olympic Games!
Caribbean Sports Connection
On behalf of the Olympic committee
With the Compliments of Lime